Remarkable Contemporary Jewellery, Montreal, Canada
The exhibition Remarkable Contemporary Jewellery highlights the artists’ creative process, examining not only the medium and its transformation but also the artistic intent.
Although some of the artists use traditional materials like gold, silver and precious stones and explore age-old surface treatment, forming and stamping techniques, their artistry remains an act of invention, the expression of a constantly evolving tradition. For instance, the necklace fashioned by Christine Larochelle features silver elements that have been laminated and acid-etched. Drawing inspiration from African techniques, Matthieu Cheminée stamped the surface of his bracelet with a pattern of his own design. Approaching a piece of jewellery as a subject of artistic investigation can lead to sculpture, which requires skill and great attention to detail.